Artist Warps 3-D Printed Gun Blueprints, Protests Gun Violence
You’ve likely heard of the Liberator. It’s a 3-D printable, open-source, single-shot handgun that was downloaded 100,000 times before the U.S. Department of State took it offline.
Originally designed as an anarchistic subversion of authority, the Liberatorhas taken on new meaning in the hands of MendeDesign. Jeremy Mende filtered the gun’s blueprints through a computer algorithm based on the number of people killed by handguns across the world. This process skewed and flattened the deadly 3-D schematics to become a series of inert 2-D etchings that can hang on a wall.